Check out our picks for the best sci-fi movies of 1972. These sci-fi films our rated as our top movies of 1972. New movies are added everyday and we are dedicated to including every sci-fi movie ever made.
1972 Sci-Fi Movies List
R | 1h 44min | 104min | 15 Mar 1972Score: 7.3/10
Director: George Roy Hill
Starring: Roberts Blossom, Warren Frost, Bob Harks, Lucille Benson, Kevin Conway
Synopsis: Using his own terminology, Billy Pilgrim is "unstuck in time", which means he is moving between different points in his life uncontrollably, although he is aware of it at certain of those points as witnessed by the letter to the editor he writes to the Ilium Daily News about his situation. Primarily, he is moving between three general time periods and locations. The first is his stint as a GI during WWII, when, as a pacifist, he was acting as a Chaplain's assistant for his unit. This time is largely as a POW, where he was in Dresden the day…
Tagline: He survived the deadliest day on Earth! To enjoy the sexiest night in outer space!
Silent Running (1972)
PG | 1h 29min | 89min | 10 Mar 1972Score: 6.7/10
Director: Douglas Trumbull
Starring: Bruce Dern, Ron Rifkin, Steven Brown, Joseph Campanella, Roy Engel
Synopsis: In a future Earth barren of all flora and fauna, the planet's ecosystems exist only in large pods attached to spacecraft. When word comes in that the pods are to be jettisoned into space and destroyed, most of the crew of the Valley Forge rejoice at the prospect of going home. Not so for botanist Freeman Lowell, who loves the forest and its creatures. He kills his colleagues taking the ship deep into space. Alone on the craft with his only companions being three small robots, Lowell revels in joys of nature. When colleagues appear to "rescue" him, he realizes…
Tagline: Amazing companions on an incredible adventure... that journeys beyond imagination!
The Asphyx (1972)
PG | 1h 39min | 99minScore: 6.5/10
Director: Peter Newbrook
Starring: John Lawrence, Alex Scott, Robert Stephens, Robert Powell, Terry Scully
Synopsis: Hugo is a brilliant mid-Victorian scientist, loved and respected by his family and friends, admired by his colleagues. But he is a man quickly becoming obsessed with a curious and frightening question... what is the mysterious apparition found in the photographs of his dying subjects? Hugo brings to a family boating party his newest invention-a motion picture camera. The party quickly turns into a disaster as he captures on film the tragic drowning of his wife and son. When the film is replayed later, the same ghostlike presence appears. It flies towards his son, and vanishes inside his dying body.…
Tagline: Immortality ... what would you sacrifice for it?
Horror Express (1972)
R | 1h 24min | 84minScore: 6.1/10
Directors: Eugenio Martín, Eugenio Martín
Starring: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Fernando Villena, Juan Olaguivel, José Marco
Synopsis: An English anthropologist has discovered a frozen monster in the frozen wastes of Manchuria which he believes may be the Missing Link. He brings the creature back to Europe aboard a trans-Siberian express, but during the trip the monster thaws out and starts to butcher the passengers one by one.
Tagline: Can it be stopped?
Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972)
PG | 1h 28min | 88min | 30 Jun 1972Score: 5.33/10
Director: J. Lee Thompson
Starring: Roddy McDowall, William Bassett, Bob Harks, Francis De Sales, John Dennis
Synopsis: Cornelius and Zira's son Caesar leads apes to revolution in this installment of the apes saga. Dogs and cats have been wiped out by a plague and now apes are household pets that are treated like slaves. Caesar has the intelligence to fight this oppression.
Tagline: The Newest And Biggest Yet!
PG | 1h 32min | 92minScore: 5.23/10
Director: Peter Sasdy
Starring: George Woodbridge, Fred Wood, Judy Geeson, James Cosmo, Paddy Ryan
Synopsis: The waters surrounding an island become contaminated by chemical dumping, and people who eat fish caught in those waters become deformed and violent.
Tagline: An ecological nightmare gone berserk!
Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972)
PG | 1h 29min | 89minScore: 5.07/10
Director: Jun Fukuda
Starring: Michael Kaye, Hiroshi Ishikawa, Kôetsu Ômiya, Yuriko Hishimi, Kanta Ina
Synopsis: Aliens from space plan to conquer the world using space monsters Gigan and King Ghidrah, which they control from their secret headquarters inside the head of the Godzilla-replica building at a theme park. The only thing that can stop them is the combined efforts of Godzilla and Anguirus.
Tagline: Godzilla teams up with his friend to fight gigan
The Twilight People (1972)
PG | 1h 21min | 81minScore: 4.37/10
Director: Eddie Romero
Starring: Pam Grier, Roger Ocampo, Charles Macaulay, Romeo Mabuto, John Ashley
Synopsis: A scientist kidnaps a man and transports him to an island, intent on turning him into a super-being. The man obviously doesn't like this idea, so he tries to escape with the help of the scientist's daughter and a band of half-human, half-animal creatures.
Tagline: Animal desires... Human lust. Test Tube terrors... Half beast... all monster.
Beware! The Blob (1972)
G | 1h 31min | 91min | 21 Jun 1972Score: 4.35/10
Director: Larry Hagman
Starring: Sid Haig, Gerrit Graham, Carol Lynley, J.J. Johnston, Danny Goldman
Synopsis: Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet!
Tagline: The movie that J.R. shot! (2000 US DVD release)
The Thing with Two Heads (1972)
PG | 1h 31min | 91min | 19 Jul 1972Score: 4.35/10
Director: Lee Frost
Starring: Rick Baker, William Smith, Ron Gans, Britt Nilsson, Phil Hoover
Synopsis: A rich but racist man is dying and hatches an elaborate scheme for transplanting his head onto another man's body. His health deteriorates rapidly, and doctors are forced to transplant his head onto the only available candidate: a black man from death row.
Tagline: They transplanted a white bigot's head on a soul brother's body!
R | 1h 33min | 93min | 20 May 1974Score: 3.8/10
Director: George Schenck
Starring: Craig Littler, Antoinette Bower, Alex Flores, Harry Lauter, Ricardo Santos
Synopsis: A doctor finds a jungle laboratory, complete with mad scientist and genetic engineering experiments. Dr. Bill Fleming ([Craig Littler]) is experimenting on convicts and once they are driven mad with the experiments, they are sent into the jungle where they are hunted down by the projects' financier Stuart Victor (Harry Lauter). Pathologist Dr. Alix Pardee (Antoinette Bower) finds out about the project, is captured and held captive. But she manages to turn the tables on Dr.Fleming and Victor.
Tagline: Half-man, half-monster ripping helpless victims to shreds in his mad hunger!
PG | 1h 31min | 91min | 10 Mar 1972Score: 3.6/10
Director: George McCowan
Starring: Sam Elliott, George Skaff, Lance Taylor Sr., Robert Sanders, David Gilliam
Synopsis: Jason Crockett is an aging, grumpy, physically disabled millionaire who invites his family to his island estate for his birthday celebration. Pickett Smith is a freelance photographer who is doing a pollution layout for an ecology magazine. Jason Crockett hates nature, poisoning anything that crawls on his property. On the night of his birthday, the frogs and other members of nature begin to pay Crockett back.
Tagline: If YOU Are Squeamish Stay Home!!!
Night of the Lepus (1972)
PG | 1h 28min | 88min | 04 Oct 1972Score: 2.96/10
Director: William F. Claxton
Starring: Janet Leigh, Robert Gooden, Stuart Whitman, Jerry Dunphy, Rory Calhoun
Synopsis: Cole Hillman's Arizona ranch is plagued with 'mongrel' rabbits, and he wants to employ an ecologically sound control method. As a favor to college benefactor Hillman, college president Elgin Clark calls in zoologist Roy Bennett to help. Bennett immediately begins injecting rabbits with hormones and genetically mutated blood in an effort to develop a method of disrupting rabbit reproduction. One of the test subjects escapes, resulting in a race of bloodthirsty, wolf-sized, man-, horse-, and cow-eating bunnies. Eventually the National Guard is called in for a final showdown with the terrorizing rabbits.
Tagline: They were born that tragic moment when science made its great mistake... now from behind the shroud of night they come, a scuttling, shambling horde of creatures destroying all in their path.
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